Sri Lanka to launch beautification projects in two key cities
The government of Sri Lanka has decided to launch three beautification projects targeting the country’s commercial capital, Colombo and the administrative capital, Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte as well as a new green infrastructure project for the Galle Face Green in Colombo.
Sri Lanka’s Government Information Department has stated that the projects, which will be implemented by the country’s Urban Development Authority (UDA), are aimed at improving the liveability in the capital by providing environmental and social infrastructure.
“The three projects are a green infrastructure network plan around Galle Face Green, pedestrian centre on Baladaksha Mawatha, and developing the Kimbulawala Urban Agriculture Park in Thalapathpitiya,” the short statement issued by the Department has noted.
The Cabinet of Ministers has also approved the renovation and reconstruction of the Lumbini Theatre in Colombo, which would include upgrading its sound system, seating capacity and sanitary facilities.
The theatre, which was constructed in 1952, will be renovated by the UDA.
Both proposals were submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers by Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities Minister.
The UDA is to select a contractor to complete the upgrade and the developments are expected to attract both locals and tourists.
The government of Sri Lanka is focussed on expediting the temporarily stalled development programme that covers the key economic sectors island wide. The global Covid 19 pandemic resulted in the temporary halt of the country’s development programme. However, with the country’s economic activities returning to normalcy, development programmes have also been expedited. Sri Lanka therefore has many business/investment opportunities in its development agenda.